The theme for 2005 was An Enchanted Garden. This year, rather than have local landscape architects design the gardens, all the gardens were designed by the same person; landscape architect, Lysiane Luong. She is the wife of Red Grooms. All the gardens were based on paintings done by Red.
Our garden was the Labyrinth. It started, as it does every year, with a space on the bare convention center floor.
First the plastic, then the painted plywood, then the boxwoods.
The arches were built from wood and then covered with oasis and more boxwood.
The containers for the boxwood were made from a thin paneling material. The longest panels were about 7 feet long. They were painted in our garage and I still have Belle Meade Green paint on my garage ceiling!
This is what the landscaper/huband looks like when the deadline for finishing looms near.
The final touch was to add the Red Grooms paintings of Henry and his wives and add the roses to the archways.
The King and his wives.
The view from above.
My husband with Red Grooms and his wife Lysiane Luong.
No judging this year, just lots of boxwoods. For two years, the two hundred or more boxwoods from the garden lived in our front yard until they were sold to different clients. About a dozen of them still line our driveway now, but I have learned after twelve years of being married to a landscaper, not to get attached to anything in my garden or yard. Any day I can come home and it will be sold and gone!